Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

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Enjoy a juicy cheeseburger…casserole-style! Your favorite cheeseburger toppings get baked into and sprinkled on top of this Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole. A family favorite recipe your kids will love.

I love a good cheeseburger. It’s classic comfort food. When the days are cooler, I crave that grilled burger flavor. This Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole with ground beef, cheese and potatoes cures my cravings…and makes my kids smile every time.

If you’re from the midwest, you might have also heard this called a tater tot hotdish. Easy dinners like this are what I grew up on. Let it be a new favorite for you, too!

cheeseburger tater tot casserole in a pan with a spatula

About this Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole Recipe:

  • Flavor: This tastes like a cheeseburger and french fries. You won’t be disappointed!
  • Texture: The tater tots get crispy on top, which pairs well with the saucy ground beef and melted cheese. Toppings add the crunch!
  • Method: This recipe bakes in a 9×13″ baking pan.


ingredients for tater tot casserole on a table
  • For best results, use a lean ground beef. You can even add in sausage if you’d like a different flavor.
  • Choose your favorite bbq sauce. I like Sweet Baby Ray’s.
  • For the best cheese texture, buy a block of cheddar cheese and shred it on a box grater. It will be extra creamy.

How to Make Tater Tot Casserole

This recipe takes about 20 minutes to prep and about an hour to bake.

  • Choose your favorite ground beef. I like to purchase at least 85% lean beef to cut down on fat content. You can even use ground turkey or ground chicken if you’d like. Brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
ground beef browned in a skillet
  • Add favorite hamburger sauces to the browned beef…ketchup, two kinds of mustard and barbecue sauce. Mixing the other flavors in with the ketchup tones down the ketchup flavor and makes this casserole recipe savory and mouthwatering.
browned ground beef with ketchup, mustards and bbq sauce on top in a skillet
  • Spread the meat in a 9×13 casserole dish, then top with red onion and cheese. The onion is optional, and you can use a different type of cheese if you’d like. This recipe is highly versatile so get creative with those layers!
  • Top with tater tots (they can still be frozen) and pop it into an oven that you’ve heated to 350 degrees. One hour later and you’ll be diving into this tasty casserole!
tater tots over ground beef and cheese in a casserole

Make it in the Crockpot

If you’d like to make this cheeseburger casserole in the slow cooker, you can!

Simply prep the meat as described, then place it in a slow cooker. Top with the onion, cheese and tater tots, then cover and slow cook on low for 6 hours or until heated through. The tater tots won’t be as crispy this way, but it is a way to make easy tater tot casserole.

Top the Casserole

Just as you would add fresh vegetables and toppings to a burger, I like to add the same to the casserole after it has baked:

  • Tomatoes
  • more onion
  • a little lettuce
  • dill pickles are a must
  • sweet pickle relish
  • chopped bacon to make bacon cheeseburger tater tot casserole!
cheeseburger tater tot casserole on a plate with bacon, tomato and lettuce

We’ve added avocado, pepper, bacon bits, and even sour cream. Add any veggies you’d like.

Make it a Freezer Meal

You can freeze the leftovers of this casserole, but you can also freeze the entire casserole for a quick weeknight meal.

To freeze the casserole to bake later:

  • Make the casserole, but don’t bake it. Use an aluminum pan rather than a baking dish so it is easy to wrap.
  • Wrap the casserole in plastic wrap, then again in foil.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • When you are ready to serve it, pull it out of the freezer the night before and let it thaw in the fridge overnight.
  • Then bake as the recipe below states.
closeup of hamburger tater tot casserole
closeup of hamburger tater tot casserole

Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

4.64 from 36 votes
Enjoy a juicy cheeseburger…casserole-style! Your favorite cheeseburger toppings get baked into and sprinkled on top of this Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole. A family-friendly recipe your kids will love!
Servings 10
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

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  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 32 ounces frozen tater tots

For topping:

  • shredded lettuce
  • diced tomatoes
  • diced dill pickles
  • bacon bits


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9×13" baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef until it is browned. Drain off any fat & remove from the heat.
  • Add the ketchup, mustards, and barbecue sauce to the beef. Stir to mix well.
  • Spread the beef mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle the chopped red onion over the meat.
  • Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the meat and onion.
  • Line the top with tater tots.
  • Bake, uncovered for 1 hour or until heated through.
  • Top with your favorite burger toppings such as lettuce, tomato, pickle and bacon.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.



The calories shown are based on the recipe being divided 10 ways, with 1 serving being 1/10 of the recipe. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.


Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 851mg | Potassium: 578mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 198mg | Iron: 2.6mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 514
Keyword easy dinner recipe, ground beef casserole, hotdish recipe

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Heather Is Odd
9 months ago

I make something I call a “Whopper Salad” its almost the exact ingredients but more lettuce and the other stuff are the toppings. I use thousand Island as the sauce because no one likes mayo as a salad dressing.

Stephanie Starr
1 year ago

5 stars
I was looking to make a different tator tot casserole and come across this recipe. I wasn’t sure about the ingredients as I did not have any BBQ or Dijon mustard on hand…so I made a few substitutes…..I used honey mustad (same amount the recipe called for dijon) for the bbq part, I added to the mix what I thought was 4TBSP worth of BBQ ingredients. I baked for an hour on 375 uncovered, and it was AMAZING!!! We will be having this again, it was like a sloppy joe type tasting and very easy to make.

Marie P.
2 years ago

5 stars
Sooo soo good. Thank you!
We made fresh tater tots, skipped the salad 🙈 and cooked slighlty less, only 35minutes, so the onions and tomatoes still had a bit of crunch. We LOVED it. Can’t thank you enough for this recipe💗

Sasha Brown
2 years ago

5 stars
So glad I came across this recipe while searching for quick dinner ideas. My family is vegetarian so I tweaked it a little using Boca crumble as a meat substitute, and I added the red onions and tomatoes to my mixture. I also added a little seasoning salt, garlic power and onion powder, I left out the bbq sauce and used Sargento shredded cheese (mozzarella, mild cheddar and mexican style). I added lettuce,more tomatoes, and pickles on top. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy! Thanks bunches 😋

sarah mcatee
3 years ago

5 stars
This was awesome. I made it the weekend before during my meal prep and then froze it. We put shredded lettuce on the bottom, then the casserole, then pickles, red onion, ketchup and tomatoes. Total keeper!!

6 years ago

5 stars
My boyfriend absolutely loves recipes like this. He’s supposed to start making dinners from time to time, so I’ll have to share this with him because it sounds amazing!

Alma Vorrei
6 years ago

5 stars
Easy to make. Taste has yet to be determined. Looks and smells wonderful. Did not change the recipe at all.